The Ottumwa Courier

October 22, 2012

Girl Scouts enjoying Ottumwa Park cabin

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — Area Girl Scouts spent Saturday celebrating their organization's centennial by learning, and teaching, some basic outdoor skills..

Adult leaders and older Girl Scouts were giving instructions on things like first aid, as well as fun activities, like making s’mores.

“We’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts,” said  Julie Barwick, one of the adult leaders for the Girl Scouts.

More than 100 girls and parents were at the scout building in Ottumwa Park on Saturday.

Some were inside, like the girls decorating sugar cookies. Others were outside, making air guns to fire marshmallows.

You can do all sorts of things with a hundred years of experience. Barwick said one group had just finished making first-aid kits in a pill bottle.

“You’d be surprised how much you can get in there,” she said.

Sanitary gloves for working safely on a bleeding patient, a large bandage, burn cream and more share the tiny space with other necessities in an easily portable, water-resistant container.

Barwick herself was teaching groups of girls about energy conservation. In addition to a lesson on wise energy use, each girl received a high efficiency, 60-watt light bulb.

The Girl Scouts were founded by Juliette Gordon-Low in 1912. She started with 18 girls at her first meeting. Today, more than 3.7 million girls participate in scouting activities.